Despite having lived in London for the past 3 years, venturing out into the English countryside was somehow never as much of a priority as exploring Europe every weekend I could. And I couldn’t believe what I’d missed out on… turning 26 felt like it was about time I spent some time venturing out closer to home – only an hour away, the Cotswolds felt like a no-brainer. Enter, the Fish Hotel.
We were after the perfect getaway – serene, beautiful, cozy and rustic. And we couldn’t have chosen better. Nestled in the hilly landscape of the beautiful Farncombe Estate, The Fish Hotel is one of Farncombe’s trifecta – with Dormy House Hotel & Foxhill Manor the other two. The Fish, located towards the base, offers the easiest access to the neighboring village of Broadway, with 100 rooms available across treehouses, stables, and classic countryside cottages.
Getting There :
An easy 1.5 hour train ride from London, the closest stop to the Estate is Moreton-In-Marsh. You can either book a taxi or request the hotel to send one for you (GBP25 one way) and an easy 20 minute drive later, you’ve arrived!
The Rooms & Facilities :
The Stables at the Fish are its group of rooms towards the lower part of the hill – once the garages of the estate, the rooms are beautifully quaint, and perfect with everything you need for a weekend away.
A quick stroll up to the Hook, the hotel’s gorgeous restaurant, and the adjacent lounges (think cozy, sheepskin blankets, fireplaces & afternoon tea) has your perfect afternoon tailor-made, especially if the weather decides to be classically English and pelt rain down on you. Breakfast is a locally-grown, organic feast, and if you’re suddenly peckish through the day, either hit up the Hook again, order their signature room-service-homemade-pizza, or pick something off of the lounge’s taco menu (the presence of which made me the happiest camper).
Things To Do :
You can easily spend the weekend whiling away your day with a walk around the grounds or relaxing in one of the many lounges. But, if you’re looking to explore the nearby villages, the Fish is perfectly located for you to do so – and their ‘boots room’ perfectly equips you for it!
Head on over to the village of Broadway, about a 20-30 minute stroll from the Hotel. Quintessential in its English-ness, strolling through the farms and walking around the fields in this part of the UK felt like being transported back to a Jane Austen novel. If you’re visiting in September / October, fall colors are out in full glory, with farms and side streets dotted with blackberry and raspberry creepers, ripe for picking!
Once in Broadway, particularly if the weather’s nice, hop over to Broadway Deli to bag yourself some homemade, and decidedly delicious, picnic supplies (their chutneys are INCREDIBLE) and then head on over to one of the many picnic spots in the village (clearly marked) for an ideal afternoon.
On the other side of the Estate, a small road leads down to the sleepy villages of Willersey and Saintbury – postcard perfect English countryside villages that are ideal for a mid-morning stroll – less than 10 minutes away. The New Inn is a local favourite for their burgers and some excellent pub grub if you decide to make a pit stop!
Would I Recommend It?
To give you an idea, I had serious withdrawal for almost a week after leaving this gorgeous property, and am already planning a trip back. It makes for the perfect countryside getaway and once there, it’s hard to believe its only 1.5 hours away from London – you can totally disconnect and relax into a whole different world here. To book, click here!